Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins announced Tuesday she would vote to acquit on both articles of impeachment.
Collins noted that the Democrats' "abuse of power" charge "did not even attempt" to allege that Trump had committed a crime, and instead constituted a "difficult-to-define, non-criminal act."
"For more than 200 years after our Constitution was adopted, only one president faced an impeachment trial before the United States Senate -- that was Andrew Johnson in 1868," she said. "But now, we are concluding our second impeachment trial in just 21 years."
"We are concluding our second impeachment trial in just 21 years."
She then explained why she voted to convict former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, back in 1999.
"In the trial of President Clinton, I argued that in order to convict, 'We must conclude from the evidence presented to us with no room for doubt that our Constitution will be injured and our democracy suffer should the president remain in office one moment more,'" Collins said. "The House Managers adopted a similar threshold when they argued that President Trump's conduct is so dangerous that he 'must not remain in power one moment longer.'"
"In its first Article of Impeachment against President Trump, the House asserts that the President abused the power of his presidency," Collins said. "While there are gaps in the record, some key facts are not disputed. It is clear from the July 25, 2019, phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky that the investigation into the Bidens' activities requested by President Trump was improper and demonstrated very poor judgment."
It is being widely reportedly that Trump will be acquitted by the Senate later on today.